First published in 1952, Frantz Fan's Black Skin, White Masks is one of the most important anti-colonial works of the post-war period. It is both a profound critique of the conscious and unconcious ways in which colonialism brutalises the colonised and a passionate cry from deep within a black body alienated by the colonial system and in search of liberation from it. This volume is the first collection of essays specifically devoted to Fan's text. It offers a wide range of interpretations of the text by leading scholars in a number of disciplines. Chapters deal with Fan's Martinican heritage, Fan and Creolism, ideas of race and racism and new humanism, Fan and Sartre, representations of Blacks and Jews, and the psychoanalysis of race, gender and violence. Contributors offer new ways of reading the text and the volume as a whole constitutes an important contribution to the growing field of Fan studies.
Max Silverman is Professor of Modern French Studies at the University of Leeds